St. Petesburg, Fla. – ANSA Motorsports team owner, Alain Nadal, and his team came to their home Florida race at St. Petersburg with great expectations, but were not really looking for such an incredible week, full of ups and downs. ANSA Motorsports and its driver Lorenzo Trefethen, who started competing in the Pirelli World Challenge only 1 ½ months ago, had already scored two Pirelli World Challenge GT-Cup class podium finishes (2nd in race 1 and 3rd in race 2) in two races at St. Petersburg last weekend.
ANSA Motorsports and Trefethen left St. Petersburg with big smiles, knowing that after four rounds, Trefethen is ranked second in the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge Driver Championship.
The St. Petersburg race week started really nicely with a Trefethen Family Vineyards private, five-course, wine dinner at Il Ritorno restaurant on Wednesday evening. On Thursday, Trefethen took the car to the track for the first time during the one-hour promoter test-day session and was able to adapt quickly to the temporary street circuit.
The first official Pirelli World Challenge session was planned late in the afternoon, but after only a few laps, Trefethen was involved in an accident in turn 3. He was able to walk away and was OK, but his No.13 ANSA Motorsports/Trefethen Family Vineyards /
Festivals of Speed Miami Porsche GT3-Cup was heavily damaged.
At first, the crew thought it would be impossible to repair on site, but after talking with Porsche Motorsport, it was decided to take on the repair challenge. During almost 48 hours, non-stop, the crew, led by Bobby Mouzayck, with mechanics Dave, Hugo, Henrique, and helped by engineer Steven, showed their outstanding dedication, determination and expertise, and put the car back on four wheels in time for the first race of the weekend.
Trefethen, the only GT3 Cup class competitor with two podiums over the weekend, was amazed by the work his crew did during the two days following his accident.
“After our crash on Thursday, I would have had two DNS’, if it hadn’t been for the ANSA Motorsports guys, who replaced 30 percent of all the parts on the car to get us into Saturday’s race. The ups and downs of the weekend have left me almost without words, but we drove two good races, escaped both GT Cup class crashes, passed lots of people, and a second and third leaves us in the top five in points. On to Long Beach.”
ANSA Motorsports team owner, Alain Nadal, and team manager, Emmanuel Lupe, said that they want to thank Porsche Motorsport for their support, and to thank their incredible crew for their team effort, in rebuilding the “lucky” 13 racecar.
ST. PETERSBURG ROUND 3 & 4 RECAP BY PORSCHE MOTORSPORT:
ROUND 3: Colin Thompson, Sloan Urry and Alec Udell, three of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup drivers favored to win the GT Cup class championship in this, its inaugural season, were heavily damaged during the standing start that went all wrong on the front straight. When the starting light went out, and everyone hit the gas, the No. 30 Ferrari of Henrique Cisneros stalled, causing several cars to crash, and Thompson, Urry and Udell had nowhere to go. Urry and Thompson were able to get their cars repaired for Sunday, but Udell missed the Sunday race.
The yellow flag came out right away, and with many of the leaders now out of the GT Cup class, Phil Fogg, Jr. took the lead of the GT Cup class in his TruSpeed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, with Mitch Landry second, and Lorenzo Trefethen third. Trefethen, who crashed heavily in practice on Thursday, replaced 30 percent of the parts on his car in order to get ready for Saturday’s race. Trefethen got by Landry late in the race to finish second, and Landry finished third.
ROUND 4: On Sunday The GT Cup class was again plagued by an early-lap incident, which led to that yellow flag, as the previous day’s winner Phil Fogg, Jr. in the TruSpeed Autosport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and Mitch Landry in the Landry Racing Porsche crashed into a Mercedes that had previously spun on the course. That left Sloan Urry in the other TruSpeed Porsche and two-time winner Colin Thompson in the team Kelly-Moss Porsche 1-2, with Thompson getting by Urry with three laps to go for his third win. Loren Trefethen, who was blocked by the lap-2 accident, was able to free himself from the melee to finish on the podium in GT Cup for the second consecutive day.
2015 Pirelli World Challenge GT Cup by MOMO Driver Championship after 4
1st: Colin Thompson 452 pts
2nd: Lorenzo Trefethen 373 pts
3rd: Sloan Urry 334 pts
Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge at St. Petersburg will be broadcast on Sunday, April 5 at 5:00 p.m. EDT on CBS Sports Network.
The next round of the Pirelli World Challenge events with ANSA Motorsports and Lorenzo Trefethen is scheduled for April 17-19 in Long Beach, California during the iconic Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.